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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!It sounds like Toby may have limber or limp tail and should see your veterinarian tomorrow to dispense pain medication for him. CLICK HERE for more information on this condition which describes an injury occurring mostly in sporting or working dogs such as English Pointers, English Setters, Foxhounds, Beagles, and Labrador Retrievers. Limber tail syndrome is also known as swimmer's tail, cold water tail, broken tail, dead tail or broken wagIn the meanwhile please allow him to rest which will hopefully provide relief, add fiber to his meals (white rice, canned pumpkin) and water to ease his ability to defecate with urgency and entice his appetite as wellThe elevated breathing is often related to pain as this can definitely be a painful condition that we don't really fully understand but with rest and pain medications will subside within 1-2 weeksPlease let me know how else I can assist you both today. I am online another 10 minutes tonight to assist you
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